U.S.Government to Release New Dollar Coins – without ‘IN GOD WE TRUST’

U.S.Government to Release New Dollar Coins

‘IN GOD WE TRUST’  is gone!

I think I will not accept these coins as change.


UPDATE: 10 March – 16:22:

Apparently "IN GOD WE TRUST" is on the coin, on the edge…



I rather like this!  I take it back.

Apparently there were some mistakes made.  I will keep my eyes peeled for them.


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  1. jamie hunt says:

    “Twas a mistake, apparently. (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17501178/)

    Hold onto them … numismatic screwups can pay off handsomely.

  2. Will says:

    Fr. Z, I’m sorry to say you’re wrong.
    See Snopes or one of the actual coins for more details. Inscribed around the edge of the coin are the words “In God We Trust,” “E Pluribus Unum” the year and mintmark.

  3. Will says:

    It appears that with the 2009 coins, the law requires the phrase “In God We Trust” be moved to either the obverse or reverse of the coin. If only it would also require them to spell out “One Dollar” instead of “$1” on the coins.

  4. TomG says:

    As a rule, I always check snopes.com on things like this, especially if the info comes vaia a forwarded email. Nine times out of 10, the info is bogus.

  5. Prof. Basto says:

    “In God we trust” is the national motto of the United States by Act of Congress (36 USC Sec. 302). And it is required by statute to appear in all US coins (31 USC Sec. 5112 (d)(1)).

  6. Liam says:

    Of course, to the extent the presence of the motto dilutes the concept of actually trusting in God by turning it into a blah-blah slogan, I wonder if the motto is doing more harm than good. I am a Catholic, who understands and values the symbolic. But most Americans are not Catholic, and many symbols in American consumerist capitalist culture are actually ways of depriving something of substance.

    Which is not to say that I am bothered by the motto – I just wonder if it might have a more insidiously negative effect than some imagine, given who we are now as a people.

  7. Gavin says:

    When I looked at this before the correction, the Turing Test said “THINK before posting”. How ironic :P

    I’m with Liam as far as “In God We Trust”. It was forced through congress in the paranoid 50s. Which God would that be, anyway? The deist God of the founders? The “same God as the Muslims” our president extolls? The God of those who only step foot in a Christian church every other Christmas and Easter? The God of Americanism? (For an example of that, Fr. Fox had a blog post about the “national day of prayer” describing how he was asked “how many flags do you need to order for prayer?”) Sorry, I wouldn’t claim to trust in the same “God” as the majority of America. Get that false “God” off my money.

    Besides, it’s not even in Latin – let’s stick to “E pluribus, unum.”

  8. Tim Martin says:

    Actually, the words on the edge of the coin were a throw back to the way coins used to be minted (in the 19th Century). The mint was trying to make the coins nostaligic and historical.

  9. Cody says:


    When you hold a coin in your hand and read “In God we trust”, the “God” it is referring to, for most people, is the one you are holding in your hand.


  10. Jordan Potter says:

    I really like the new dollar coins. They’re well made and attractive, and I like that they’re putting the presidents on them. I’d use them more, if I actually used cash anymore — but mostly it’s debit cards and checks for me these days. Anyway I think they ought to modify vending machines and whatnot to accomodate dollar coins, so more people would use them. With fewer people using cash, though, I expect these coins will go the way of the Susan B. Anthony and Sacajawea dollars.

  11. Maureen says:

    That would be the God of:

    And thus be it ever, when free men shall stand
    Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation!
    Blessed with vict’ry and peace, may the Heaven-rescued land
    Praise the God Who hath made and preserved us a nation!
    For then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
    And this be our motto — in God we trust.
    And the Star-Spangled Banner forever will wave
    O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

    That would also be the God of Psalm 55/56, Miserere mei, Deus:

    Have mercy on me, O God, for man hath trodden me under foot;
    all the day long he hath afflicted me fighting against me.
    My enemies have trodden on me all the day long;
    for they are many that make war against me.
    From the height of the day I shall fear:
    but I will trust in thee.
    In God I will praise my words,
    in God I have put my trust:
    I will not fear what flesh can do against me.

    The words translated as “in God I have put my trust” are also often translated as “in God I trust”. (Interestingly, the Vulgate has it as “in Deo speravi”, which is a shade different. Somebody else will have to tell you the Septuagint version, because that’s Greek to me.)

  12. Maureen says:

    I forgot to put all the later bits of the psalm about God destroying enemies in battle and stuff like that. The point is that Francis Scott Key definitely had scriptural references in mind.

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